On Tuesday, I will be voting yes on Proposal 1 and I hope you will too.
Not because it's perfect.
Not because there aren't better ways to fund our transportation system.
I will be voting YES on Proposal 1 because I truly believe my community and Michigan as a whole will be better off if it passes than if it fails.
If Proposal 1 passes, more Michigan roads will be repaired and I'm less likely to have another blown tire strand me and my young daughters on the side of I-75 at night.
If Proposal 1 passes, transit agencies will be able to restore critical bus services that they cut in the recession, allowing my family and other riders to get more places with less hassle.
If Proposal 1 passes, schools, low income workers, and public safety services will all be a little better funded, following years of being starved for critical funding.
And while I strive to vote for my hopes and desires, I also vote against my fears.
I fear that if Proposal 1 fails, many legislators will (falsely) believe Michigan voters are opposed to higher taxes regardless how important the need, and the legislature will further starve critical public services in their anti-tax ferver.
I fear that if Proposal 1 fails, legislators will take essential funds away from public transit, schools, cities, and other necessities in order to fill potholes as they've done in the past.
I fear that if Proposal 1 fails, those stopgap fixes won't be enough and Michigan's roads will continue to deteriorate. We'll be stuck not only paying "the pothole tax" of unnecessary car repairs, but also losing businesses and tourists who become disgusted by our roads.
Proposal 1 is far from perfect, but its the best option we can reasonably expect from Michigan's legislative leadership. And that legislative leadership isn't going away anytime soon.
For nearly 20 years, the Michigan legislature has been debating transportation funding. Lots of ideas have been tossed around, but this is the ONLY ONE that has passed and the only one that has a serious chance of being implemented.
Michigan's roads, buses, schools, and cities can't wait through another 20 years of legislative bickering.
We need a reasonable fix now. Proposal 1 is it.
For those reasons and others, I'm voting YES on Proposal 1 on Tuesday and I hope you will as well.
Thanks for your attention and consideration to this important issue.
PS - Please share this important information with any family, friends, or colleagues who may be interested.
This message is from Transportation Riders United - Detroit's nonprofit transit advocate, working since 1999 to improve bus service, remove barriers to rapid transit, and advocate for smart transportation investments
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